By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 17 Comments
    Show 1083: Should You Be Worried About Salt or S…

    You've probably heard that lifestyle is the most important factor in keeping your heart healthy. Don't smoke, exercise, and eat right seem simple. But what does it really mean to eat right? Should you…

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2017 11 Comments
    Does Metformin Save Lives?

    Doctors have been prescribing drugs to people with type 2 diabetes for decades. The goal has been to lower blood sugar levels and prevent the complications of diabetes. Many of those meds helped cont…

    By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 4 Comments
    Is There a Link Between Poverty and Heart Diseas…

    It's no secret that Americans are not all equal when it comes to income. A new study in JAMA Cardiology shows that these income disparities are related to the risk of heart disease. How Does Income R…

    By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 12 Comments
    The Unexpected Risks of French Fries

    French fries may be tempting, but giving in to temptation could be deadly. Nutrition scientists from Italy, Great Britain and the US noted that potatoes have a high glycemic index. That is, they tend …

    By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Grilled Meat Raise Your Risk for Diabetes?

    People who want to avoid type 2 diabetes might want to limit use of the barbecue grill. There's new evidence that grilled meat can increase the chance of this disorder. What Is the Story on Grilled Me…

    By: Terry Graedon June 15, 2017 4 Comments
    What Bread Is Best for Your Microbiome?

    Previous research has identified bread, especially bread made from refined white flour, as a food that can raise blood sugar and insulin levels rapidly. This is considered a food with a high glycemic …

    By: Joe Graedon June 12, 2017 11 Comments
    Did Hydrochlorothiazide Lead to Dangerously Low …

    Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HCT) is a diuretic (water pill) that is widely prescribed to lower blood pressure. Roughly 50 million prescriptions were written for this "thiazide" diuretic last year. That…

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 17 Comments
    Is Lowering Cholesterol with Saturated Fats a Pa…

    If you have been paying attention, you are no doubt aware that saturated fats like butter or coconut oil are a dietary no-no. The theory is that these fats, which are solid at room temperature, can cl…

    By: Joe Graedon June 12, 2017 16 Comments
    Do Doctors Know How to Help Patients Stop Medica…

    Starting a new prescription is easy. If your doctor tells the pharmacist to write on the label, "take once a day with food," you know exactly what to do. Most people can manage such a simple instructi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 9 Comments
    What Will Ease Painful Hemorrhoids After Giving …

    Women have to make a lot of adjustments right after giving birth. Their bodies change dramatically in that process. While many of the alterations are nature's way of helping a mother nurture the infa…

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 5 Comments
    How Did Blackstrap Molasses Make Ice Addiction D…

    Doctor classify the compulsion to eat anything that isn't food as pica. Some children eat paint, clay or chalk; chewing on old paint chips is a common cause of lead poisoning. Ice addiction may also …

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 19 Comments
    What Is the Best Approach to Overcome Constipati…

    How healthy is your digestive tract? Unless it is functioning appropriately, you may not feel as well as you would like. Many readers have written to ask how to overcome constipation. Can You Overcome…

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 10 Comments
    How Can You Get to Sleep Without Zolpidem?

    Americans tend to be sleep deprived, and the problem may be getting worse. Watching the evening news could be enough to make a person anxious, and anxiety frequently leads to insomnia. No wonder so m…

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2017 8 Comments
    Show 1082: How Does Being in Nature Make You Hea…

    When you listen to bird song, smell pine needles or watch tree branches swaying in the wind, what is happening in your brain? For that matter, what is happening in your body? Does your level of stres…

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Does CAR-T Offer Hope for Multiple Myeloma Cance…

    A new kind of immunotherapy called CAR-T captured attention at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago. CAR-T stands for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy. How Does This …

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2017 2 Comments
    Are Olive Oil and Wine Really Good for You?

    Independent research has shown that both olive oil and wine appear to protect people from cardiovascular disease. For example, a recent review pointed out that red wine, in particular, contains polyph…

    By: Joe Graedon June 8, 2017 9 Comments
    Are You Cutting Back On Salt? Does It Matter?

    For decades, public health experts have been exhorting Americans to eat less salt. This is supposed to reduce their risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Have food manufacturers succeeded in …

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Will Your Microbiome Save Your Life?

    In recent years researchers have become extremely interested in the collection of microorganisms living in and on our bodies. This microbiome has a profound impact on our overall health. How Does the…

    By: Terry Graedon June 8, 2017 0 Comments
    Could Sleeping Longer Make You Quicker?

    Sleep deprivation has been associated with a range of problems, from metabolic disturbances to lack of concentration and judgment (Khan & Aouad, Sleep Medicine Clinics, June 2017). Sleeping longer…

    By: Joe Graedon June 8, 2017 17 Comments
    How To Stop Tramadol Without Withdrawal Symptoms…

    We have heard from hundreds of visitors to this website about the serious side effects of tramadol (Ultram). They include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation, headache, drowsiness, dizzin…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 14 Comments
    Does a Nonagenarian Need to Worry About Choleste…

    Doctors interested in preventive medicine often quote Benjamin Franklin approvingly. However, he wasn't thinking of medicine when he noted that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. (Actual…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 2 Comments
    How Can You Reduce Your Recurring Headaches?

    Do you have recurring headaches? Both tension headaches and migraines can cause a lot of trouble when they come back frequently. One reader found a fascinating and unique remedy. Overcoming Recurring …

    By: Joe Graedon June 5, 2017 5 Comments
    Side Effects of TNF Blockers: Enbrel, Humira, Re…

    Most drugs are double-edged swords. In other words, they have the potential both to help and to harm. But some medications have sharper blades than others. TNF blockers are great examples of this deal…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 2 Comments
    For a Vegan Diet, Do You Need to Change Medicati…

    Medications often fly under the radar when it comes to dietary restrictions. As a result, people who are following specific diets for religious or ethical considerations may wish to review their drug…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 4 Comments
    Is There a Sugar from Mammals Hiding in Your Med…

    When someone has an allergic reaction to a medication, doctors often assume that the person is reacting to the active ingredient itself. Increasingly, though, people are allergic to another ingredien…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 2 Comments
    What Is the Difference Between Armour Thyroid an…

    Thyroid dysfunction is surprisingly common. Hypothyroidism, in which the thyroid gland does not work efficiently, affects nearly five percent of U.S. adults. Doctors treat it by prescribing the thyroi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 1 Comments
    What Are the Risks of Pepcid Complete?

    Managing acid reflux can be challenging. You might take a proton pump inhibitor like omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or esomeprazole (Nexium). Chances are, within a few weeks your sympt…

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2017 10 Comments
    Show 1081: What Do You Need to Know About Lyme D…

    There's been a big increase in mouse populations in many places over the past year. As a result, the number of ticks is booming, and you have a greater chance of being bitten when you go outside. Coul…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2017 1 Comments
    Can You Afford Your Medicine?

    Are you spending more on prescription drugs and enjoying it less? A report from QuintilesIMS Institute shows that prices for medicines are still rising more rapidly than inflation (QuintilesIMS, May 3…

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2017 6 Comments
    How Good Is Pharmaceutical-Grade Chondroitin?

    In the US, chondroitin sulfate is usually sold as a dietary supplement and taken in conjunction with glucosamine to treat arthritis pain. Most well-controlled trials in this country have shown that th…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2017 10 Comments
    Why You Should Care About Rising Deaths from Alz…

    Americans have been getting mixed messages about Alzheimer's disease. Two years ago, headlines proclaimed an: "optimistic trend of declining population dementia risk in high-income countries over the …

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2017 7 Comments
    How Low Should Your Blood Pressure Be?

    How low should your blood pressure go? Doctors have been debating this question for decades. While people with naturally low blood pressure appear to live longer, medications have drawbacks. In addit…

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2017 4 Comments
    Is Drinking Coffee Good or Bad for You?

    There has been considerable controversy over the years about how drinking coffee affects health. Is your morning cup of java bad for your health? Not really, according to research from the UK. What Ar…

    By: Terry Graedon June 1, 2017 3 Comments
    One More Reason You Are Smart to Eat Your Vegeta…

    Your mother probably told you to eat your vegetables. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can help keep blood pressure under control and lower the risk of heart disease. That is the basis of the DASH…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 3 Comments
    What Can You Do About a Black Nail?

    Everyone wants healthy strong nails, but keeping them in good condition can be challenging. Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, results from infection with one or more of several species of fungus such as…

    By: Joe Graedon May 29, 2017 6 Comments
    How Can Manuka Honey Help to Heal Wounds?

    We first heard about the use of sugar to heal wounds from orthopedic surgeon, Richard A, Knutson, MD. He pointed out that the battlefield surgeons of ancient Egypt used honey and grease to heal wounds…

    By: Joe Graedon May 29, 2017 33 Comments
    Busting Myths and Offering Unique Leg Cramp Reme…

    Q. My wife told me about leg cramp remedies, including the mustard cure some time ago. I thought it sounded wild, as I don't understand how it would work. Last week, I participated in a run/walk in I…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 59 Comments
    What Are the Best Remedies for Under-Breast Rash…

    Women rarely talk about one delicate problem that many of them experience. It is especially common at this time of year because of warm, humid weather. These conditions favor the growth of fungus unde…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Acupuncture Relieve Your Arthritic Knee Pai…

    People with chronic arthritis are faced with a terrible choice: do they suffer from pain every day, or do they take pain relievers with scary side effects? Unfortunately, the pain medications used …

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 5 Comments
    Can an Antidepressant Really Help with Hot Flash…

    Menopause offers women numerous challenges, but the most significant symptom is probably hot flashes (vasomotor symptoms in doctor-speak). This may also be among the most variable symptoms. Some women…